OPERATIVE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of OPERATIVE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 a.  having power of acting; exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects
Classic Sentence: (133 in 9 pages)
1  Adams had been a cotton operative in Fall River, and the continued depression in the industry had worn him and his family out, and he had emigrated to South Carolina.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 30
2  I thought that adoring him, watching him operate, would be enough.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVI
3  Remember, also, that the surgeon must operate from above, some eight or ten feet intervening between him and his subject, and that subject almost hidden in a discoloured, rolling, and oftentimes tumultuous and bursting sea.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 70. The Sphynx.
4  But leaving this hint to operate as it may with the phrenologists, I would merely assume the spinal theory for a moment, in reference to the Sperm Whale's hump.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 80. The Nut.
5  After surveying the ground, Snowball declared that this was just the place for a windmill, which could be made to operate a dynamo and supply the farm with electrical power.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Context  Highlight   In Chapter V
6  Electricity, he said, could operate threshing machines, ploughs, harrows, rollers, and reapers and binders, besides supplying every stall with its own electric light, hot and cold water, and an electric heater.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Context  Highlight   In Chapter V
7  It reminded him that unforeseen factors operate in the evolution of immortality.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 6: 1 The Inevitable Movement Onward
8  I want to operate, but not as you think.
Dracula By Bram Stoker
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIII
9  Oh, but I must not forget, my dear friend John, that you loved her; and I have not forgotten it, for it is I that shall operate, and you must only help.
Dracula By Bram Stoker
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIII
10  You had better go your round, and Dr. Van Helsing will operate.
Dracula By Bram Stoker
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXI
11  It was indeed but a passing trance, that only made me feel with renewed acuteness so soon as, the unnatural stimulus ceasing to operate, I had returned to my old habits.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 4
12  It is also to be said that their position enables them to operate changes with less effort and greater efficacy.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER V.
13  And once, alter such an operation, Scarlett found her in the linen closet vomiting quietly into a towel.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VIII
14  But with the operation of what came to be known as the governor's "slander mill," the North saw only a rebellious state that needed a heavy hand, and a heavy hand was laid upon it.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER LII
15  Kennicott had taken a patient to Rochester for an operation.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER IX
Example Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
16  The doctors decided to operate immediately.
17  The government revoked her husband's license to operate migrant labor crews.
18  Nearly all the tractors operate on diesel oil.
19  Some people can only operate well under pressure.
20  Interest groups have always been with us, but they used to operate within coalitions called the Democratic and Republican parties.
21  Some types of bike have brakes which you operate by backpedalling.
22  The gambler bought off the police and thus was able to operate freely.
23  The lift doesn't operate properly.
24  Aerators reduce the manure nitrogen content, require fairly high capital investment, and are expensive to operate and maintain.
25  They closed the restaurant because the paucity of customers made it uneconomical to operate.
26  The mainspring in a mechanical watch is the spring that stores energy of winding to operate the watch.
27  The cachet for Bitcoin is its desire to operate in a regulatory-free peer-to-peer environment.
28  The rescue operation began on Friday afternoon.
29  The operation will go ahead as soon as a suitable donor can be found.
30  They were also given the opportunity to do some operation.